secrets and lies

Title: Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)

Author: Christine Amsden

Category: Paranormal Mystery

Published: November 15, 2013 by Twilight Times Books

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

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Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.

Secrets and Lies picks up where the first in the series, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective left off. Cassie’s a great character. In Eagle Rock, a  town full of regular folks and magical folks where magic, while not exactly out in the open, is certainly respected and feared, she has none. She’s the only non-magical member of her family and so she’s been disowned. And she owes a life-debt to the too sexy, and powerful, Evan who honestly loves her. Nonetheless, she’s determined to make her way on her own way. She’s smart, funny, real.

The mystery’s good, not just an excuse to stick Evan and Cassie together. The two girls, one her distant cousin, one Evan’s, are pawns in somebody’s game. There were clues, but it kept me guessing throughout.

Not my favorite series of all-time, but enjoyable. For the record, I was not a fan of the ending, but that’s just me, and most people reading series don’t seem to mind being left hanging.

Here’s a brief excerpt to give you a feel of the family dynamics going on.

“I faced my former father for the first time since he had announced his intention to disown me. He looked just as he always had, with straight dark hair, brown eyes, a long, angular face, and a wide, curving mouth – curving downward into a frown, that is.

If Victor was the last person I had expected to see in the diner that morning, then my former father was the last person I wanted to see. Even now, with Victor explaining my part in his unusual scheme for revenge, I didn’t want my former father nearby. I didn’t want his help. I only hoped Nicolas and Juliana hadn’t broken their promise and told him about the life debt, or I would never hear the end of it.

The air crackled with visible tension. Sparks of shimmering red fire danced around my father’s head. Behind the counter, Mrs. Meyers twisted her hands together anxiously, as if afraid her diner might burn down. Her fears were not unjustified.

I stepped boldly between them, facing my father. “What are you doing here?“

“We need to talk,“ he said.

“I have nothing to say to you. You disowned me, remember?“

The color seemed to drain from his face as he stared past me, at his oldest enemy.

Victor raised his water glass in a mock toast. “I’ve known for some time. If it makes you feel any worse, so does everyone else in town who hasn’t been asleep for a week. Or at least, they guess.“

“I don’t care what you think you know. Stay away from my daughter.“ With that, he grabbed my arm with a hand hot enough to leave a reddened imprint on my skin, and dragged me through the kitchen to the employee room at the back. Only then did he release my injured forearm.

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Cassie Scot Series

  1. Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective
  2. Secrets and Lies